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Brandon Maxwell Is Making Protective Gear for Doctors to Aid in Coronavirus Efforts
The Bravo's Project Runway judge and his team are working to support healthcare and hospital workers during this trying time.
"In response to this global crisis, we are now focusing our creative efforts on manufacturing PPE (personal protective equipment), starting with gowns," Maxwell wrote in an Instagram post on Friday, March 20. "We have spent the last week researching the appropriate medical textiles to create these gowns and are proud to provide these much needed items to the doctors and nurses on the front."
Even though medical-friendly products are new territory for the New York-based designer, Brandon is willing to quickly learn and adapt in order to provide the best possible products he can. "As more information becomes available on how to manufacture medical grade masks and gloves, we will transition in to doing so. Any information you can share for donation locations or organizations would be greatly appreciated," he added.
In addition to working on gowns, masks, and other essential garments, Brandon is also focusing on helping brides in need during this time. On March 23, Brandon announced he would be gifting three wedding dresses to those who need one. In order to qualify, Brandon asked his followers to submit their story and wedding details in a submission to his team.
"As a company who has been fortunate to play a small part in so many women’s special days, we realize the current crisis and the economic repercussions from it may have already deeply affected you. In times of darkness we must look to the light, and we believe an optimistic moment to look forward to is important," he wrote. The designer will also be donating 10 percent of sales from his web shop to Meals On Wheels.
Brandon is one of several Bravolebs who have offered their assistance during this pressing time. Fellow Project Runway cast member Christian Siriano shared his team is hard at work making masks for healthcare and hospital workers. Bethenny Frankel also revealed that her BStrong initiative has teamed with the nonprofit Global Empower Mission to create and disperse “corona kits,” and is helping allocate over one million masks to hospitals across the country.
For the latest, most accurate information on coronavirus, go to the World Health Organization (WHO) website.